Synopses & Reviews
The original Oxford Companion to Art
, edited by the late Harold Osborne, has been a mainstay for over three decades, a renowned one-volume guide to the world of art. Now comes The Oxford Companion to Western Art
, almost completely rewritten, covering many more artists and their works, and offering fresh treatment of topics of contemporary interest, including patronage, taste, theory and criticism, materials and techniques, and the new art history.
Written by 100 distinguished art historians and scholars, here are 2600 alphabetically arranged entries, almost half of them covering artists from classical times to the twentieth century. Other entries discuss art styles and movements, art forms (such as battle painting, landscape, caricature, or stained glass), specialist terms, and materials and techniques in all media. There is strong emphasis on location as a focus for art. Not only are there regional and cultural surveys, but also entries on specific places of importance such as Paris or Urbino. Moreover, museums and galleries are collected under their city headword so that the reader can easily find the major sites within a particular locality, such as New York, Boston, or Madrid. In addition, entries chart the critical fortunes of the art of the major European countries, covering for example patronage and collecting of Italian art in France, Spain, Britain, Germany, the USA, and in Italy itself. The contributors examine art theory, scholarship, and criticism, from Aristotle and Pausanius to Sartre, Panofsky, and Foucault.
Everyone who loves art, whether artist, critic, scholar, or aficionado, will want to own this essential reference.
"Everyone curious about the very survival of erudite information should keep this book in their study-room-office or visit libraries, in order to remember what may have been forgotten. You will be overwhelmed. More than most highly recommended."--Choice "Coverage is selective but balanced....highly recommended."--Booklist
"A well-writen and comprehensive volume on Western art....This impressive scholarly work should be standard in academic reference collections."--American Reference Book Annual 2002
"Recommended for all collections."--Library Journal
This elegant new reference work addresses the growing public of discriminating art lovers, amateur and professional, for whom looking at works of art is a serious recreation, and who want reliable information to increase their appreciation and understanding. The Oxford Companion To Western Art provides in-depth coverage of Western art, leaving architecture to be covered separately. It offers an enticing blend of over 2600 A-Z entries, with generous coverage of artists and their work, styles and movements, art forms and art terms, combined with more modern methodologies, focused on patronage, taste, theory, and criticism, and the scientific examination of materials and techniques.
Essentially a replacement for Harold Osborne's "Oxford Companion to Art" (1970), this work has over 2500 entries, alphabetically arranged. Almost half of them cover artists, from classical times to the 20th century. Other entries discuss art styles and movements, art forms, and specialist terms.
About the Author
is a Paul Mellon Research Fellow at the British School, in Rome. A former Curator at the National Gallery of Scotland, he was the first Editor in Chief of the Macmillan/Grove Dictionary of Art
, and was the head of the Old Master Paintings Department at Sotheby's in London.
Table of Contents
List of contents
List of illustrations
List of advisory editors and contributors
Thematic list of entries
List of abbreviations
Note to the Reader
A-Z entries, including 49 feature articles
Index of people